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Kinyozi Tee + Fabric


Inspired by the classic African Barbershop and Salon signage style, this design started off as a fabric pattern but we just couldn’t resist making it into a t-shirt print. We first printed the pattern on Canvas then made some super cool tote bags and pouches as seen below.

All derivatives; t-shirts, posters, postcards, bags and fabric (by the metre) are available for purchase at our new space at the Nairobi Art Centre in Lavington opposite the Lavington Mall. We’re open Monday to Saturday 11am – 5pm.


For queries and orders, feel free to reach us on phone 0727 361 932 or via email: chillimangodesigns [at] gmail [dot] com.


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Paa Tee


Paa is a Swahili word that means to soar. Just as the jumping dance is a rite of passage, this design represents our own coming of age. It’s been 5 years since we officially started ChilliMango y’all.


Not only have we released this design to commemorate our 5th year in business but we will also be moving shop from our Ngong road studio to a new, bigger and better space that will be announced in due time.

Brick-Wall-PaaPosterx2In more ChilliMango news, from January 2016, the store price for our t-shirts will go up from KES 1,200 to KES 1,500. This increase is to facilitate growth, improve our quality and expand our product variety to help serve you better. We try our best to provide great quality and ethical Kenyan hand-made products at a great price. Please continue supporting this local business so that ChilliMango can become that Kenyan brand that’s making big waves internationally,

To place your order for a poster or tee, kindly send us an email to chillimangodesigns[at]gmail[.]com or thechilli[at]chillimango[.]co[.]ke

Thank you all for your continued support.

Love & Light

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Made In Kenya


As you can expect from a company named after a tasty childhood treat, all our designs are pretty personal in some way or other, and ‘Made In Kenya’ is an ethos that’s close to our hearts. Beyond shouting out a really special country, we feel that this design encapsulates a lot of stuff we’ve been thinking and talking a lot about.

This design is about the people who are working to build local economies, and brands that have cultural currency in Kenya, and the world. This design is about supporting those people, whether it be the local mama mboga, musician, designer, artist, jua kali guy e.t.c.

We feel it’s important to create stuff that inspires people, that makes their day in some way or other, and we also feel that it’s important to support the people that are creating these things.

The thing about most small local businesses is that they tend to be more ethical, environmentally friendly than your regular multinational company. Now wouldn’t it be great if we all supported local producers rather than sweatshop factories and nature destroyers who are only out for profit without regard for the future generations and the earth.

We really appreciate the ChilliMango massive for all the support, and for letting us know that it’s possible to build something like this in our city. It’s hard to create handmade products and sometimes you interact with people who don’t necessarily understand everything that goes into it but it’s great to see more people buying locally produced products. You guys are awesome!!

Keep growing your local economy and wear this t-shirt while at it 🙂


Watch out for these baby onsies coming out soon;


To place your order, drop us an e-mail; thechilli[at]chillimango[.]co[.]ke or chillimangodesigns[at]gmail[.]com.

You can also visit our studio on Ngong road between Nakumatt Junction & Brew Bistro at a building with red bricks opposite Kenya Science Campus & next to Nazish motors inside a black & white gate. We’re at the topmost floor, 1st door on the left. We are open between 11am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday.


– Blog post contribution by @nairobidhobi

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November – December Events 2014

NovDec_2014EventsHey Folks, So we’ll just spare you the details of where we’ve been and skip right to where we’ll be.. taking our merch over the next few weeks. We’ll update you soon enough on our new designs and basically why we’ve been M.I.A here, this long. Here goes;

  • Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Craft Fair, Karura Forest: 15th-16th November
  • Xmas Box, Marula Manor,Karen: 21st -23rd November
  • ‘Note for a Smile’ charity event, Lord Erroll, Runda: 27th November
  • German Xmas Charity Bazaar: 29th November
  • Ngong Racecourse Christmas Fair: 6th-7th December
  • Pembroke House Makers Market, Pembroke School, Gilgil: 12th December
  • Vipingo Ridge Craft Fair, Vipingo: 19th December
  • Driftwood Xmas Fair, Malindi: 20th December
  • Ocean Sports Xmas Craft Fair, Watamu: 21st December

See you at the fairs. Happy holidays.

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Jikos in Space | A Short Story by Mike Macharia

What you are looking at is the Space Jiko, an upgrade from the previous Terrestrial Jiko,

copies of which can be found in the corners of many kitchens around the country. The original

Terrestrial Jiko, forged from the fires of Mount Longonot by a wizard long since forgotten,

could warm a large hut, gather a whole village around it in the evenings to marvel at its

glowing embers and roast mammothian steaks in five minutes flat. Or so the legend goes.

The Space Jiko, on the other hand, while possessing all the functionality of its predecessor,

can also be expanded to heat a large enough star-ship as well as roast a large extraterrestrial

animal, should Mankind ever find an alien species they want to make burgers or perhaps kebabs,

out of. In these cold, overcast days, its glow can help cool people find each other.

Limited supply, so order one now. A handful of charcoal MAY be provided. Batteries not included.

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The Jiko is a stove that uses Charcoal and is common in many Kenyan homes. It is yet another symbol of pride in Kenyan workmanship and innovation. The Jiko has evolved over time and you can find some really innovative designs of professional charcoal and wood fueled stoves and ovens over at Cookswell Energy Saving Jikos.

Kindly send your orders to thechilli[at]chillimango[dot]co[dot]ke or chillimangodesigns[at]gmail[dot]com. Warm sweatshirts, T-shirts, Tanks and Posters available.

If you’re an information junkie and would like to find out more about the Jiko and it’s history, then head out here.

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Asubuhi Asubuhi Patipati na Miwani Photoshoot: Part 1

Ugali Mens tees
Photography by Osborne Macharia |  Styling by Thogi

We recently had the pleasure of working with the most amazing bunch of creatives, thank you serendipity. From an extraordinary photographer to an amazing  model/stylist to this chap who’s a member of one of the best bands to come from Kenya, to this other guy who organizes a really cool art event every other month and so on. In addition, providence had it that our location of choice had just the right kind of material for an amazing backdrop.

Part 1 of this series features some ChilliMango’s t-shirts while Part 2 will showcase our Khanga hoodies so watch out for that. Ladies and gents, marvel at the genius of Osborne Macharia and while you do, enjoy these rad tunes.

'Home Is' Mens tee
‘Home Is’ Mens tee
African Gothic Mens tee
African Gothic Mens tee
Kenya 1963 Ladies tee
Kenya 1963 Ladies tee
Digital Maasai Necklace Ladies tee + 'Home Is' Mens tee
Digital Maasai Necklace Ladies tee + ‘Home Is’ Mens tee
Usawa Mens tee
Usawa Mens tee
Black Mamba tees
Black Mamba tees
ATI? Mens tee
ATI? Mens tee
Usawa Ladies tee
Usawa Ladies tee
Ugali Mens tee in Navy Blue
Ugali Mens tee in Navy Blue
Ugali Mens tee in Olive Green
Ugali Mens tee in Olive Green
ATI? Mens tee
ATI? Mens tee
Kenya 1963 Mens tee
Kenya 1963 Mens tee
Afrika Ni Mama Mens tee + ATI? Ladies tee
Afrika Ni Mama Mens tee + ATI? Ladies tee
ATI? Ladies tee
ATI? Ladies tee
Black Mamba Mens tee
Black Mamba Mens tee
Boombox Maasai Ladies tee
Boombox Maasai Ladies tee
Boombox Maasai Mens tee
Boombox Maasai Mens tee
Afrika Ni Mama Ladies tee
Afrika Ni Mama Ladies tee
Boombox Maasai Mens tee
Boombox Maasai Mens tee

Photography by Osborne Macharia

Styling by Thogi

Models: Le Cleric, Blinky & Makandi

For details on how to get your hands on ChilliMango merch & acquire that effortless cool, feel free to drop as an e-mail here: chillimangodesigns [at] gmail [dot] com

Love & Light

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– Wrote this with my friend, Alaka back in 2012 but got too busy to post it back then. It’s been edited slightly to match this post. –

Recently, I got to watch two life-changing documentaries. One is Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about the 14-year civil war in Liberia and the role of a group of women in trying to end it. The other is Heal the Nation, by Boniface Mwangi and the Picha Mtaani team, which is about the violence which erupted in Kenya after the general elections in 2007, which tells a sad, shameful, alarming and heartbreaking story that I cannot describe well enough. Please watch it.

I love my country but occurrences like the PEV (post-election violence) in Kenya and civil wars elsewhere make me sometimes question humanity. How easily friend can turn on friend. How people can be so blinded by rage and hate as to kill, rape, plunder and destroy for the sake of a few rich men and women.

In this country Kenya we tend to whine and cuss in the comfort of our living rooms, coffee shops, kiosks, kibandas and bars but it ends there. We forget too easily and move on with our lives too quickly when all the while people are suffering. Honestly, I am one of those Kenyans who had thought that it was over and that there’s no way it could happen again. But it seems I’m wrong. There are people in our midst who are in pain and continue to harbour ill will toward their neighbors. It is worrying to say the least. In Heal the Nation Boniface Mwangi says: “We want people to be fired up, to go out & change the world”. Well, I was fired up. When you see images from the war in Liberia, it makes you realize how close Kenya is/was to civil war and it’s terrifying.

So I slept. I woke up. I cleaned then took a walk. It wasn’t a deep introspective walk. I was just going to buy airtime, yoh. But it was during this walk that I found myself looking at my surroundings, at this country, through new eyes. Foreigners who have been to Kenya will tell you that we have one of the most beautiful countries in the world. When we interact, we talk a lot and we laugh a lot. But here I was walking, thinking to myself: This guy passing by me, what role did he play in the PEV? This woman from whom I’m buying the airtime, how was she affected by the PEV? Come election-time in 2013, will my neighbors from diverse backgrounds turn on me? Will this beautiful scenery of hills and trees turn into one of smoke and fire? What is the state of mind of these people who’ve been raped and displaced, who’ve probably watched their families hacked or torched to death and have lost everything? Will they seek revenge? Will they be baying for blood in 2013? I struggled with this and more, trying to figure out how I can help preach peace in this country as Boniface Mwangi and the Picha Mtaani team do, and as the fearless women of Liberia did to end their country’s civil war.

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So now we’ve come up with this design to pass a message of love and peace. If we allow hatred and tribalism to engulf us, we will loose one of the best countries in the world to war. So let’s preach peace to our family and friends, to the mama mboga, to the watchman kila mtu. Let’s do it before, during & after the March 4th elections. Whatever the outcome is, we remain Kenyans and like Jua Cali said recently ‘Hatutaki kua wakimbizi kwa nchi geni’ or something to that effect.

Remember: Hii Kenya ni yetu and we all have a role to play in it’s prosperity or it’s demise either by our participation or by our silence. The choice is ours.

This design will be available as a t-shirt, poster and sticker. To make your orders, send us an email here chillimangodesigns [at] gmail [dot] com.

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It’s known as Funji in Angola, Nshima in Zambia, pap, Mealie-meal or Sadza in other parts of Southern Africa and even in Italy as Polenta. Ugali as it’s known in East Africa is maize flour cooked in water to form a thick porridge like dish. It’s commonly eaten with Sukuma Wiki (Kale) +/- meat stew and/or Nyama Choma (roasted meat)

Best way to eat Ugali is to grab…well not grab but pull a small portion of it, roll it into a ball in your palm and dip it in the stew/choice accompaniment.

Here are our fresh new tees to celebrate that Ugali goodness..



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So hey what other names are there for Ugali especially in sheng?

To place an order send an email to and find us on Facebook or twitter to keep updated on the events/fairs we’ll be attending.

Here’s an Afro treat for all you Afro beat & Fela fans:

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Easy Rahisi Mabati Laini – Fabric Meets Metal

On this lovely sunny Sunday afternoon, we set out with the amazing photographer @kevjapicha to a junkyard located somewhere at Dagoretti Corner, Off Ngong Road. We were going for a grungy, high-contrast, rustic look and the junk as a backdrop offered just that.

Our intention was to show that there’s beauty in junk and that good things do come from Africa. The biggest misconception about this awesome continent is that it has nothing but darkness to offer which is farthest from the truth. From the clothing, to the people, to the colorful buildings and bustling Matatus (mode of public transport) you’ll notice that this is the most colorful continent and not just in terms of tones and shades alone.


All these pieces, Tees, Khanga/Leso Hoodies & Sweatshirts, are available for purchase. They come in a variety to of size and colors to choose from. Just send your order to

It was an adventure and we all had a blast! Even out of his comfort zone Kev, a documentary photographer did an amazing job.

The owner of the property (below) was gracious enough to model in a ChilliMango Neon Mask tee.

Doesn’t he look like a don though?

To see more Kev’s work, just head off here: Behind-the-scenes pictures will be up soon here ChilliMangoKE

Special shout out and huge thank you to these guys for making this a great experience; @kevjapicha, @kahawajunkie, @njewwy, @jemmyjemz, @nairobidhobi, @Bryant_EM, @mercynguyo and Alexander Alaka. It was such fun working with this bunch man. Hope to do it again.

This post was ongezwad ‘sugar, spice and everything nice’ by writer extraordinaire @mwikalilati. Ahsante.

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African Gothic

The hardest part of this whole process isn’t about coming up with the designs, it’s about coming up with the post to go along with it. So this time I invited a friend, @breadboo, to help. Here’s what she said;

“Of the American Gothic, Grant Wood said he decided to paint the house with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house”…

The African Gothic here is with the kind of people that live in the African Hut under the African Sun.

The spray can continues the tale of ChilliMango’s fascination with African Culture/Tradition’s coexistence with Technology/Modernity.”

Thanks @breadboo.

My bit (which hopefully doesn’t suck too much): I guess if you know the American Gothic, then I don’t really need to explain what inspired this design. Initially, the spray can was meant to be a spear but that would’ve been the cliché of the century don’t you think? No? Oh well…

The design..


The tees. .

Kindly send your orders to

ChilliMango Posters and Stickers  will go on sale beginning of March. Full details coming your way real soon.

For those who don’t know, some of our stuff can be found at the United store (Rugby Shop) at Nakumatt Junction. Thanks for your continued support. Amani na Baraka

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